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Yoga for Healthy Aging going hybrid!

Updated: Dec 22, 2023

Practicing and teaching yoga on Zoom.

 

I like to take yoga classes on Zoom

I like to practice yoga in person.

Same when I teach - both places!



In my yoga practice over the last month I’ve attended two workshops and taken other classes on live stream/Zoom* at Sellwood Yoga. Plenty of times I attended classes in the studio too–I love both “locations.” Sometimes the upside to practicing in studio is being in community, looking out at the garden, saying hello to friends. Other times the upside comes in staying home to practice: not leaving the house, staying ultra cozy, and being distracted by hummingbirds that come to the feeder right outside my studio space window.


Choosing to come to Sellwood Yoga (or any in person class) is extremely beneficial for so many of us. But there are people that may have transportation or mobility issues, or some other reason to not attend class in person. I want my yoga classes to be accessible and for many practicing online is the only option to maintain their regular practice. For others the reverse is true!


When I started teaching in early 2020 I taught just 2 restorative yoga classes in person (in studio at SY) and my Chair Yoga classes I live streamed from home, initially because the people I love dearly were many, many, many miles away. Of course during the pandemic all of us jumped to live stream yoga–both students and instructors. At that point I had already started my twice-weekly Chair Yoga classes so I kept them going and eventually found a group of regular yogis that I still teach to today. 


Once teaching in person resumed (in mid-2021, wearing masks), I stayed with teaching over Zoom. Even now I still teach Zoom Chair Yoga twice a week but I also teach in person at different locations: Yoga for Healthy Aging (YFHA) and Yoga for Beginners at Sellwood Yoga, Chair Yoga at a senior retirement community and YFHA at the Lake Oswego Adult Community Center. Occasionally I sub a class for another instructor at Sellwood Yoga, teaching both live stream and in studio simultaneously, referred to as a “hybrid” class. 


Yoga is staying online. More and more yoga classes are taught hybrid: live and in person, thus keeping yoga accessible for many. And, as if you couldn’t guess from the title of this post, I am adding a live stream option and Yoga for Healthy Aging at Sellwood Yoga is going hybrid! 


Starting on January 10, 2024, choose the live stream OR in studio option when registering for YFHA at Sellwood Yoga. Sign up at https://sellwoodyoga.com/schedule/ and hope to see you there!


You can see current class listings on my Classes and Schedule pages on my website. Perhaps you'll find a class you'd like to join. Thank you for the support.


*Clarification that I am referring to Zoom classes that are indeed “live”-streamed and attended in real time, not recorded classes watched at a later date. Those are great too BTW. 


 

Zoom class from April 2020 with Janis and Charlotte.




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